Getting Started With eBooks

Downloading eBooks from the library works much the same way as checking out regular books. Each eBook can be read by one borrower at a time. When you download, or "check out", an eBook, it is no different than if you pulled the book off the shelf. Just like regular books, you can join waiting lists for eBooks that are currently checked out by other patrons. When you do this, you will receive an e-mail when your eBook is available for download.

You are allowed to check out up to 2 eBooks at a time and join the waiting list for 2 eBooks. eBooks can be checked out for 14 days. There are no renewals. When the lending period expires, eBooks will automatically disappear from your device. That's right, you don't have to worry about fines! Although you don't have to "return" eBooks, most devices allow you to return them before the expiration date so that you can borrow more books.

To browse the library's eBook catalog, click the "eBooks" button at the top of any page on our web site. You can sign in to the eBook catalog with your library card number and Pin number by clicking on "Sign In" at the top of the eBook catalog.

We have created some tutorials to assist you to download eBooks. The library also has a download station on the first floor of the library where staff can guide you through the process. Video tutorials are available here. These tutorials will help you learn how to use your specific device to download eBooks. For an excellent video introduction to using the eBook catalog, check out this tutorial.

Tutorials

Standard Kindle
Kindles with e-Ink or Paperwhite displays.

Kindle Fire

iPad and iPhone

Standard Nook / Kobo / Sony
All non-Kindle eReaders with e-Ink displays. Nook HD tablet users should use the instructions for "All Other Tablets" or the instructions for the Kindle Fire or iPad.

All Other Tablets
General instructions for most tablets including Nook HD, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, and Android tablets. Tablet users can also follow the instructions for the Kindle Fire or iPad as these devices are very similar.

Computer or Laptop
Instructions for those wishing to read eBooks directly from their computer or laptop.


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